Did you know that the Women, Infant, and Children Nutrition Program (WIC) serves nearly half of all infants born in the US? That’s right! HALF of our infant population receives WIC services. If you haven’t been a WIC client yourself, you may not know that the program isn’t only for infants. WIC serves pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants, and …Read More »
The Laid Back Lactivist
My Domperidone Experience
Hi everyone, my name is Kim and I have been breastfeeding for almost 29 months now! I have been on Domperidone for close to a year and am excited to share my experience with you. My journey all started in April, 2016. I had just had an awesome, peaceful water birth, finally holding my sweet girl I had been so …Read More »
Breastfeeding Is Risky Business
Katie Graham Anderson So we all know the benefits of breastfeeding. Let’s talk about the risks, shall we? 1. Risk of a harassment from perfect strangers. Often with sexual overtones. 2. The violation of the right to breastfeed where ever a woman might lawfully be by an employee of a given establishment, including being asked to cover up, asked to …Read More »
Breastfeeding Is My Everything
Katie Graham Anderson Breastfeeding is my apology. It’s my grace. It’s how I fill in the holes. From not enough time, not enough energy, not enough patience. It’s my, “I’m sorry I yelled so much. I’m sorry I’m gone so much. I’m sorry I didn’t play more. I’m sorry I couldn’t read more. I’m sorry I wasn’t here more. I’m …Read More »
The Fed Is Best Campaign: Language of Advertising vs Language of Information
In recent years, formula manufacturers have been aggressively marketing their products as the middle ground where all parents can share, compromise and support each other. Examples of this include Similac’s “Sisterhood of Motherhood” and the “I Support You” campaigns which boldly claim that their objective is to stand behind parents no matter what their feeding choices. Their premise is that …Read More »
“Fed is Best”: Fake News
The article below is the first in a series of articles which will examine social media discourse of an organization whose stated purpose includes informing parents of the dangers of exclusive breastfeeding. The message within a message: Examining a Fed Is Best meme. It is a lucky happenstance when the acronym of an organization reflects its purpose, but the the …Read More »
Babywearing: What’s In It For Mom?
Babywearing as the Biological Norm My focus as a mother supporter, aka doula, is with the needs of the mother. For when we address the needs of the mother we by default address the needs of the baby. So what is in a sling for the mother? Many years ago a history professor made an off the cuff remark …Read More »
Breastfeeding Twins: Yes You Can!
I have always wondered why women, myself included, get such odd looks and negative comments when we say we are going to breastfeed our expected twins, triplets or more. Because once a mother and her babies get the breastfeeding “down,” it’s actually easier to breastfeed. Also, each multiple and his/her mother has as much right to the breastfeeding relationship (and …Read More »